Love certainly saved the day as thousands of hardy festival-goers braved the elements yesterday to enjoy the much anticipated Love Saves the Day festival in Bristol’s Castle Park.
The team behind Glastonbury Dance Village’s Wow! stage, last year’s incredible See No Evil and one half of the brains behind In:Motion put on an amazing festival with a line-up that saw tickets sell out in a matter of weeks.
Despite the bouts of torrential rain people turned out in their thousands, it’s not a British festival without the need for a poncho and a pair of wellies. The organisers wanted to create a festival that celebrates all that is inspirational about this great city and they hit the nail on the head with a good mix of local talent and big name acts. The only criticism is that Bristolians don’t like to have to queue for a cider and having a couple of additional bars would have prevented the hour-long wait for drinks.
Castle Park was a great choice as a location for Love Saves the Day with a layout perfect to host the many stages and attractions. The hill overlooking the main stage allowed for a large audience to enjoy the biggest named acts and also provided some entertainment of it’s own as people threw themselves down it’s muddy bank.
Highlights of the festival included legendary Annie Mac whose late afternoon DJ set rocked the park and set the standard for the rest of the day. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs put on an electric performance as well as a 2 hour set from veteran DJ, cartoonist, producer and tea drinker Mr Scruff.
Roots Manuva and Bonobo continued the impressive line-up, but it wasn’t all about the main stage. The Dance Off stage proved to be one of the most popular areas and was certainly the most fun. This stage played host to a full day of great entertainment including the ex-accountant and Bristol legend, DJ Derek. It wouldn’t be a proper Brizzle festival without him.
Foreign Beggars were chosen to headline on the main stage and ended the day with a bang. Nominated as Best New Act at The Hip-Hop Awards 2004 they know how to put on a show and had the crowd on their feet to the very end.
We hope that with the success of this year, Love Saves the Day returns to Bristol and can become an annual event.